Cal Men Swimmers Prepare for 2009 FINA World Championships
July 24, 2009
ROME - Live Results
The University of California men's swimming program will have a strong contingent of both current and former athletes competing July 26 through August 2 at the 2009 FINA World Championships in Rome. Included on the Golden Bears' list of 12 athletes is junior Nathan Adrian, who captured both the 50 and 100-meter freestyle at the ConocoPhillips National Championships, July 9-10, in Indianapolis. Also at the World Championships will be Milorad Cavic, who won the silver medal in the 100-meter butterfly at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
Adrian continues to prove he is one of the best young freestylers in the world after winning the 50 (21.52) and 100-meter freestyle (48.00) at the U.S. Nationals. He was a 2008 Olympic gold medalist as a member of the United States' 400-meter freestyle relay team in Beijing and went on to become the 2009 NCAA champion in the 50 (18.71) and 100-yard freestyle (41.08) last March in College Station, Texas. Adrian was the 2009 Pac-10 champion in the 50, 100 and 200 free as well, earning Pac-10 Swimmer of the Year accolades.
Cavic was involved in one of the most thrilling races at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, narrowly missing a gold medal in the 100 fly by .01 seconds as he was edged out by superstar Michael Phelps. Cavic, swimming for Serbia, produced a time of 50.59, only to fall to Phelps' Olympic record 50.58.
Swimming for the Bears from 2003-06, Cavic was part of four national champion relay teams as a member of Cal's 400 free relay in 2003; and 200 free, 400 free and 200 medley relays in 2005. He was also the individual Pac-10 champion in the 100 fly in both 2003 and 2004. Cavic, who grew up in Tustin, Calif. after his parents, Dusko and Ljilljana, had immigrated to the United States in 1982, is the first Serbian swimmer to win an Olympic medal.
Other notable Bears at the World Championships - junior Damir Dugonjic, 2009 NCAA champion in the 100-yard breaststroke, swimming for Slovenia; Henrique Barbosa, 2006 NCAA champion in the 100 and 200 breast, swimming for Brazil; and Duje Draganja, 2004 Olympic silver medalist in the 50-meter free for Croatia, and five-time NCAA champion on Cal relays and individual national champion in the 100 free (2003, 2005) and 100 fly (2005).
NBC and Universal Sports will provide coverage of the event finals from the World Championships live and on-demand, with broadcasts available on television on NBC and on Universal Sports as well as on universalsports.com/swimming. Please visit the Universal Sports Web site for more information and please check local listings to find NBC and the Universal Sports channel in your area.
Cal Swimmers competing at the 2009 FINA World Championships
Current Golden BearsNathan Adrian, Junior, USA, 50 and 100 free (possibly 400 free and 400 medley relays)Martti Aljand, Junior, Estonia, 50 breast, 100 breast, 200 IM, 400 medley relayGuy Barnea, Junior, Israel, 50 and 100 back, 400 medley relayDamir Dugonjic, Junior, Slovenia, 50 and 100 breastMartin Liivamagi, Sophomore, Estonia, 50 fly, 100 fly, 100 back, 200 IM (possible relays)Graeme Moore, Junior, South Africa, 50 fly, 400 free relay
Former Cal StandoutsHenrique Barbosa, 2003-06, Brazil, 100 breast, 200 breast, 400 medley relayMilorad Cavic, 2003-06, Serbia, 50 free, 100 free, 50 fly, 100 flyDuje Draganja, 2002-05, Croatia, 50 free, 100 free, 50 fly (possible relays)Jernej Godec, 2005-08, Slovenia, 50 fly, 50 free (possible relays)Dominik Meichtry, 2005-08, Switzerland, 100, 200, 400 free relay, 800 free relayMiguel Molina, 2003-06, The Philippines, 200 IM, 100 free, 100 breast, 200 breast